Health bosses say flu cases in Norfolk have dropped

Health bosses have said the number of seasonal flu cases in the east of England, including Norfolk, fell last week and reassured people there is not a shortage of vaccines.

By the end of last week, levels of influenza-like-illness in the East of England, as represented by people seeing their GP, have fallen from 80.9 consultations per 100,000 to 55.9 consultations per 100,000, according to the East of England Strategic Health Authority.

Dr Anne McConville, acting regional director of public health, said: 'Although the number of flu cases has decreased over the last week, the flu season may not be over.

'Flu poses a risk to those of all ages with long term health problems such as asthma, diabetes and neurological conditions, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems.

'This year's seasonal flu vaccine gives protection against H1N1 and two other strains of flu and will give you the best protection against the virus.

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'I would like to reassure people that there isn't an overall shortage of vaccines in the region.

'Surgeries who need additional doses are liaising with PCTs and the Department of Health who are working to ensure available supplies of vaccine are moved to where they are needed.'

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